Fans tune in to Inside the NBA after every game, with hopes that Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley go at it. Following Tuesday night’s Game 4 victory by the Cavs over the Celtics, viewers got exactly what they’ve been waiting for: a round of the dozens between the NBA legends.
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It started off as the usual back and forth, but things got personal when O’Neal and Barkley got into it over the amount of rings Charles had won during his career, a.k.a. zero. Shaq asked, “You want to mess around, Chuck? You got no idea what you’re talking about because you’ve only been to the [NBA] Finals once.”
Barkley clapped back, “I wasn’t riding around on Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade’s coattails.” Things got noticeably awkward for both Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, who were stuck in the middle of the exchange. The banter didn’t end there. Shaq called Charles a bum multiple times, questioning why he’s in the Hall of Fame. See below: